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Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) - Allagash Brewing Company

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3,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 394
Gots: 732 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-05-2004

Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Dankuel
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beer into a brandy snifter glass. Beer has the appearance of a typical tripel: a cloudy brown/orange color with a thin frothy head and moderate lacing on the side of the glass. At cold temperatures the estery/fruity and phenolic aromas really stand out. There is also some very light oak in the background. As the beer warms the oak comes out a bit more. The spice of the bourbon really hits the nose but compliments the esters and phenols quite well. It definitely tastes like a tripel but is extremely well balanced and complimented with the bourbon oak. The aftertaste is something to be applauded; a nice pungent burn that leaves me feeling as if I took a shot. Amazing mouthfeel, my palate begins to go dry after a few swigs of this, I love it.

Great beer, can't wait to pick up another bottle and age it.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour served in a snifter at Ulysses American Gastropub in Wilmington, DE.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw gold with a finger of white head. Great retention and eaves behind a patchy lacing. This is what a tripel should look like.

S - Smells of pear, spicy clove, lemon peel, and some vanilla. The oak and bourbon flavors are present but not dominant. Pleasing aroma makes me anticipate the first sip.

T - Granny smith apple and pear tartness on the front. The cloves and Belgian yeast couple with vanilla for a balanced middle. There is also some oak hidden in there with a big bourbon finish. The bourbon and traditional tripel flavors pair wonderfully.

M - Light-medium body with tingly effervescence. Somewhat dry on the finish without much alcohol heat.

O - I was somewhat hesitant to order this one because of the price ($9.00 for an 8oz. pour), but decided to go for it. Although this is not a style I have seen Bourbon barrel aged before, I was very impressed with how well the barrel and tripel flavors melded. I am not one who believes that anything you throw in a bourbon barrel will come out better, but this one works on every level. I will seek out some bottles now that I know it is worth the price. This is probably the best Allagash beer I have tasted.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 3.5 -A semi hazy light golden color. Lots of visible carb bubbles racing to the surface. A large head on this one that condenses to a 1/3 inch layer of thick foam that sits over the top for a long long time.
Smell 3.5 - A faint white wine aroma. Light grapes, alcohol, belgian yeast. Not bad but nothing too out of the ordinary for a tripel. Wondering where all the wood and bourbon is...
Taste 4.5 - There they are. Delicious. Very very unique in such a great way. Belgian yeastiness, light grapes, alcohol, the wood starts to show through in the middle and a smooth sweet bourbon kiss at the end. The onnnly thing i could do without is the slight bitterness but thats to be expected with the triples so I can't really say much.
Mouthfeel 4.5 - Very comfortably warming on the way down. Enough carbonation to still feel like you're drinking a beer but it coats your mouth completely and goes down so smooth. Compliments the flavors VERY well!
Overall 4.5 - Delicious and original. Cool to get those triple flavors + aromas along with the wood and bourbon taste from the aging. I feel like theres not too many companies aging belgian styles like this, I dig it. $20 for a 750 ml is a little steep but if you're not worried about the price id say give it a try for sure!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Burlyn
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden honey color with a light head.

Smells sour and clean.

At first its sweet followed by a very slight sour second taste which is then finished with a bitter maltiness. Bananas. Cloves. Black bread. Bourbon.

Very viscous and oily. Heavy and thick on the tongue.

It grew on me. Very complex and layered flavors make this a joy to drink. The 11% also goes easily unnoticed unless you actively think about it.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle marked "bottled may 2011"

Poured into a tulip this trippel is hazy golden with a thick and cakelike off-white head which leaves small patches of fuzzy lace

The scent wafts from the pour. Cake batter. Bourbon and maraschino cherries. Candy sugar. Overripe pineapples.

Taste is initially sweet, then briefly sour, woody. Very long finish. Herbal hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Pears. Pineapple. Bourbon. Woody notes. Slight sourness. Touch of vanilla. Sweet bread dough notes appear reminiscent of a sweet holiday bread.

Oily, weighty mouthfeel; high viscosity.

Drinkability good. ABV of 11% belied only by a mild warming in the throat.

Complex, balanced and very satisfying trippel.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel) from Allagash Brewing Company
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